Win tickets to a Soul Weekender
Scherrie Payne, formerly of The Supremes, is delighted to be performing at the Gold Soul and Motown Weekender in Norfolk in November. She speaks to Rachel Banham.
There could surely be few better examples of the magic of Motown than the timeless songs of The Supremes.
Now, some four years after she last visited the UK, former Supremes lead vocalist Scherrie Payne is thrilled to be coming to Norfolk.
Scherrie will perform with fellow former Supreme Susaye Greene and Joyce Vincent as ‘Scherrie and Susaye, Formerly of The Supremes’ at Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth, at the Gold Soul and Motown Weekender from November 15 to 19.
They perform a broad spectrum of The Supremes’ music and Scherrie says they are excited about the Weekender – she still loves being on stage.
“There’s nothing like it,” she says. “Even though you might not feel like your best, when you get out there on that stage it’s a different story. You just come to life, at least I do.”
Scherrie started her career in show business as the lead singer of the Detroit-based group The Glass House. Between 1969 and 1972, The Glass House released two albums and nine singles.
In 1973, she became the final lead singer of The Supremes. Known affectionately by fans as “the little lady with the big voice”, she quickly established herself as a firm favourite among The Supremes’ worldwide fan base.
She says: “I’ve always loved coming to the UK. I’m this little girl from Detroit, born and raised.”
Scherrie recalls how she first visited the UK in 1974.
“After that we did so many other trips and I got to see the beautiful countryside - it was just wonderful,” she says. “I just love it.”
In June 1977, The Supremes - Scherrie Payne, Mary Wilson and Susaye Greene - performed their final farewell concert and the group was officially retired.
Today, Scherrie and Susaye perform with the Grammynominated and American Music Award winner, Joyce Vincent.
“It’s just like we never departed,” Scherrie says. “It’s just like coming home again.”
Of the enduring appeal of Motown, she says: “The music was so pure and innocent back then. All the songs had melodies.
“You could actually sing to the songs and the tracks were just so dynamic. The lyrics had real meaning.”
When Scherrie is not recording and performing with her group, she is an avid writer and has written more than 20 screenplays and three stage plays.
She continues to write and perform today, and she has a special message for anyone coming to the Gold Soul and Motown Weekender.
“You’re going to have a fantastic time,” she says.
“You’ll be able to get up and dance if you want to in the aisles and it’s going to take you back - for those who are older wonderful memories you may have had during that time, and for those of
you who maybe weren’t even born then you’ll be introduced to the magic – the magic of Motown!”
Vauxhall Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth is offering Let’s Talk readers the chance to win a Vauxhall Holiday Park Gold Soul & Motown Weekender music break with accommodation, from Thursday to Monday, November 15-19.
You can enjoy more than 15 acts performing over the weekend, including Scherrie & Susaye, formerly of The Supremes, plus Odyssey, Heatwave, American Four Tops, Earth Wind for Hire and lots more!
The Soul and Motown weekender is an over-18s event and a great opportunity to get away with friends and enjoy live music.
There are a number of packages on offer which include accommodation, day tickets and weekend tickets.
The prize is a stay in a new Sparrow holiday home, which sleeps up to six, over the Soul and Motown weekender with passes for you and your guests to watch all the bands. There is also one runner-up prize of four weekender tickets.
Sara Day, Vauxhall Holiday Park, entertainment manager says: “We’ve got some absolutely incredible bands performing, singing favourites such as ‘Stop in the Name of Love’. It’s going to be fabulous non-stop soul train of a weekender. Also we very excited to have released a limited number of day and weekend tickets without accommodation, giving the opportunity for locals to visit and enjoy the live music on their doorstep.”
There are two stages and live performances over the weekend start from lunchtime and go through to the early hours of the next day.
Sara adds: “If you have not got any plans for the weekend, I would encourage you to come to see what we offer. For £ 30 per person, you can see a whole host of acts in just one day, for instance on Saturday we have a Stevie Wonder tribute in the afternoon, along with Earth for Hire, Odyssey, and more bands in the evening, plus DJs”.
Prices for the weekend start from £149 per person, based on six sharing, with a wide range of accommodation on offer and the chance to bring your own caravan.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday tickets are £ 30 per person, per day.
Thursday is £15, or £75 per person for a Friday to Monday weekend pass.
For more information visit www.vhpweekenders.co.uk/gold-soulmotown.html or call 01493 857231 For your chance to win fill in the competition entry form.
Vauxhall Holiday Park is part of Parkdean Resorts UK Limited. Acle New Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 1TB. Please note the prize is a self-catering break.
Action from last year’s Soul Weekender.
The line-up for the Soul Weekender.